Maloof dining chair

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Project by Andrius_Sta posted 05-21-2011 07:06 PM 7834 views 16 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good day, fellow LJ’s. This is my attempt to copy Maloof’s low back dining chair.

I think I jumped on to big of a challange for my level of experience. The two months of making it, was a real struggle. I had to learn how to do this by trial and error. So, most of the time it was screwing something and then trying to fix it. The only reference I had for making this were photographs of the finished piece from the web.

I did not want to experiment on costly hardwoods so I chose pine. I found some really old wall logs lying around in our shed.

I pulled all the nails out, ripped it with my 14” bandsaw and tried to find any material that was not rotten or badly cracked. It turned out to be just enough for the chair. I coudn’t get away from cracks 100% but what can you do…

At first I though this would be just a model for working out the dimensions and joinery. But then I decided to finish it completely. (I’m still not sure if it was a good idea investing all that time in it but I don’t regret)

I totally missed some proportions and hardlines. It just does not look right to me looking from certain angles. But when you cut or sand to much – it is all over…

Too much talking! Here are some more photographs. Comments and criticism are very welcome.

-- Andrius Sta, Utrecht The Netherlands

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#1 posted 05-21-2011 07:14 PM

That is just incredible, especially when you consider that you did not use any plans to create this work of art. I would suggest that you invest in some sturdier material if you make another – you have the talent to pull it off again – so go for it, make a set.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 05-21-2011 09:04 PM

this is awsome….great design!!!!!

-- "...if america is any indication, i was born into one great big vacation...." RMB

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#3 posted 05-21-2011 09:29 PM

Looks wonderful. On such a stool, with a low back, very comfortable to sit

-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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#4 posted 05-21-2011 09:36 PM


-- Gintaras,

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#5 posted 05-21-2011 09:48 PM

My only critique would be on the “safety” issue, I see points on the chair that, to me, would be dangerous if you have any kids around. Other than that this is a fantastic build and I am impressed. The amount of time you spent on making this should be chalked up to “experience gained” and you will have that on your resume! There are not that many LJs that have made them out of all the members we have so KUDOS to you. Stick a feather in your hat and stick out your chest!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 05-21-2011 09:59 PM

Thanks everybody. I’m really pleased :)

The project gained me a lot of experience, that is with no doubt.

-- Andrius Sta, Utrecht The Netherlands

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#7 posted 05-21-2011 10:21 PM

This is absolutely awesome.
Very nicely sculpted.
Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Not my woodworking

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#8 posted 05-21-2011 11:33 PM

ive found pine to be a real pain to work with. i think if you can build it in pine you shouldnt have a problem with hardwoods

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#9 posted 05-22-2011 12:10 AM

I’m impressed, I can’t imagine going for this with the actual plans…



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#10 posted 05-22-2011 01:47 AM

Great job – haven’t seen a style like this in pine before but it looks awesome. At first I thought it was ash.

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#11 posted 05-22-2011 02:04 AM


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 05-22-2011 02:47 AM

From a design perspective the piece seems to stand up from the perspectives you have shown. Sometimes pieces take on a life of their own , Happened to Krenov who enjoyed that journey. You only identified a bandsaw? did you use gouges an adze or sand the )(&^%% out of it?

The color works well and you appear to have matched grain pretty well. From what people who work with hardwoods say . Pine is less forgiving and harder to work with.

If I were you “and I am not you” I would be wondering where I could go from here. Any plans?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 05-22-2011 02:52 AM

Noticed you are from Luithuainia (sp?) And you appear to be progressing rapidly in your building skills from the simple pedastool table to this very complex chair.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 05-22-2011 03:21 AM

I love the look of the pine…it is different and less “pretentious”, for lack of a better word…

-- Life is a sales job.

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#15 posted 05-22-2011 04:43 AM

Not only is this finished piece awesome – but I can’t get over the fact that you crafted this from that nail-ridden junk from your shed!

-- Mark, Jersey Shore,

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